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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Minnesota wins first North Star Cup title

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ST. PAUL - The University of Minnesota men's hockey team won the first-ever North Star Cup tournament title by beating the University of Minnesota-Duluth in a shoot-out Saturday evening  in front over 14,500 fans at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Kyle Rau and Seth Ambroz scored the winning goals for the No. 1 ranked Golden Gophers in the shoot-out session. Rau also scored during the game and had an assist. U goalie Adam Wilcox again had a big night in net with 38 saves. The game goes down officially as a tie at 4-4. The U was 3-for-7 on the power play as both teams had 41 penalty minutes combined. Austin Farley had two goals for UMD as they outshot Minnesota 42-27. The Gophers are 18-2-4 overall. In the third place game, No. 5 St. Cloud State edged Minnesota State 6-4.

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The No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team swept its weekend series with St. Cloud State by beating the Huskies 3-1 in front of over 2,300 fans at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon. Rachel Bona, Meghan Lorence and Millica McMillen all tallied goals for the Golden Gophers, whi improve to 24-1-1 overall and 18-1-1 in the WCHA. Winning goalie Amanda Levielle finished with 17 saves as the U outshot SCSU 44-18.

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The No. 4 ranked University of Minnesota wrestling team upset No. 2 Iowa in Iowa City Saturday afternoon 19-15. The Golden Gophers scored a huge upset to start the dual meet when Sam Brancale pinned the Hawkeyes No. 3 ranked Tom Gilman at 126 pounds in 2:03. While the Hawks' eventually tied the score at 12-12, Minnesota was able to close out strong in the upper weights with their best wrestlers.  Wins from No. 9 ranked Kevin Steinhaus at 184 and No. 1 ranked Scott Schiller at 197 wrapped up the victory. Also winning for the Golden Gophers were Nick Dardanes at 149 and Dylan Ness at 157. Minnesota is 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the BIg Ten, its only loss coming at Michigan last weekend. The Gophers are off until next Sunday when they host Indiana at the Sports Pavillion.

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Joe Thornton scored two goals in his first game since agreeing to a three-year contract extension, including the game- winner in overtime, to lead San Jose to a 3-2 comeback victory over Minnesota on Saturday. The Sharks erased a 2-0 deficit in the second period and in the extra session, Thornton beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper with a slap shot from the left circle with 1:30 remaining. Patrick Marleau, who also re-upped for three years on Friday, supplied the other San Jose goal. Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots, helping the Sharks win six in a row for the third time this season. Kuemper made 30 saves in his seventh straight start for Minnesota, which fell to 8-3-1 in 2014.

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LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and six rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 115-104, on Saturday night. Wesley Matthews Jr. tallied 18 points and six rebounds, while Robin Lopez added 15 points and 10 boards for the Blazers, who have won seven of their last nine games. Kevin Martin netted 30 points, while Nikola Pekovic finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Martin's jumper staked the Wolves to an 81-80 edge late in the third quarter, but they never led again after Williams nailed a triple at the other end. Williams then hit a runner and Aldridge followed with a jumper to give the Blazers an 87-81 cushion heading into the fourth.

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